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Deacon Lee Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (3)

Western access to Russian Wilderness and Russian Lake through burned and exposed forest with great views.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

90%

Runnable

7,361' 2,244 m

High

6,402' 1,951 m

Low

1,343' 409 m

Up

657' 200 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Swimming · Views

Need to Know

Runners starting the Deacon Lee from its east end (at the PCT) should know that it's an old road from the PCT to the top of the ridge just southwest of Siphon Lake. It doesn't become a singletrack trail until the west side of that ridge.

Runner Notes

Excellent views but minimal shade and water.

Description

Deacon Lee Trail is a popular singletrack trail that provides the easiest access to Russian Lake at approximately 4 miles in by turning on to South Russian Creek Trail, then continuing another 0.5 - 1.0 miles around Waterdog Lake. The Deacon Lee Trail intersects the Pacific Crest Trail at 6.7 miles in, past Siphon Lake.

The beginning of the trail is forest that quickly turns to recently burned landscape, exposing runners to the elements. However, the vantage point and lack of foliage offer excellent views toward Trinity Alps Wilderness. Water is not plentiful and can be unavailable on the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Burned trees, berries, hawks, birds

Contacts

Shared By:

Dara Zimmerman with improvements by Bruce Hope

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 3 votes

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  3.3 from 3 votes
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#2,343

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#21,725

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Photos

Crystal-clear Russian Lake is located just off the Deacon Lee Trail.
May 9, 2017 near Mount S…, CA
Russian Lake, with Russian Peak in the distance
Jun 8, 2018 near Fort Jones, CA
Russian Lake, with Russian Peak in the distance
Jun 8, 2018 near Fort Jones, CA
You can make out an underwater ledge in Russian Lake from the scree pile to its southern side.
May 9, 2017 near Mount S…, CA
Siphon (or Syphon) Lake
Jun 8, 2018 near Fort Jones, CA
The view from Deacon Lee Trailhead is pretty alright.
May 9, 2017 near Weaverv…, CA

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